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Four arrested in Ripon after suspicious incidents

Four people have been arrested in Ripon after two suspicious incidents involving children.

Police were called at about 3.15pm yesterday, Thursday 17 September, to a report that a 13-year-old girl had been approached by two men in a white van in Clotherholme Road, Ripon.

Officers attended the scene and immediately began a search of the area. At about 4.20pm, a white Ford Transit van was stopped on the A61.

Four men in the vehicle, aged 36, 26, 22 and 20, and from the West Yorkshire area, were arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnap and conspiracy to kidnap. They remain in custody at this time.

Officers are investigating whether this incident is linked to a separate report involving a 10-year-old boy on Lead Lane, Ripon, on Saturday 12 September.

Police have increased patrols in the Ripon area to provide reassurance to local communities, and extensive enquiries are ongoing into these incidents.

Patrols stepped up after report of attempted child abduction

Patrols stepped up

Police have increased patrols in Ripon following reports of the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy.

Officers were called to Lead Lane on the afternoon of September 12 after a report that a man parked in a white van told the boy to get in as he walked past. The boy refused, ran away and informed his mother about the incident, who reported it to police.

The van is described as a white Transit van, with dents and some rust, with three men inside.

We understand that a report of this nature would cause concern in the local area and we have increased patrols locally to provide reassurance to our communities. Incidents of child abduction are thankfully rare and we are continuing the investigation to confirm the circumstances surrounding the incident.

– North Yorkshire Police spokesman

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has seen a van of this description in the Lead Lane area of Ripon is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers anonomously on 0800 555 111.

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A61 in North Yorkshire reopens after bus crash

The A61 in North Yorkshire has been reopened after a crash involving a bus and two cars at lunchtime.

Bus being towed away Credit: ITV News

A number of people, including two children, were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a crash between the no. 36 bus, a blue Vauxhall Zafira and a black Mini Cooper.

Scene of the crash Credit: ITV News
Close-up of bus damage Credit: ITV News

The A61 was closed at Killinghall for a few hours as the road was cleared.

Bus and two cars involved in A61 crash

The A61 in North Yorkshire is closed this lunchtime following a crash between a double decker bus and two cars.

The damaged bus no. 36 Credit: ITV News

A number of people, including two children, have reportedly been taken to Harrogate District hospital.

A blue Vauxhall Zafira and a black Mini Cooper are the two vehicles involved.

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Ukip candidate says party must combat 'racist' image

The candidate standing for UKIP in Skipton and Ripon says polls can be misleading, and many of UKIP's supporters are too shy to admit they agree with their policies.

Alan Henderson said: "In places like Ripon we've had signs which have had swastikas written on them, signs which have been burned. You can appreciate that puts people into a degree of unease.

"Whilst we're not racist and that's very clear, we need to combat that image."

Police investigating Ripon sexual assault appeal for more information

Police investigating a serious sexual assault in Ripon have urged more members of the public to come forward with information.

The offence happened at the Quarry Moor Nature Reserve last Tuesday.

Police will be in the area tomorrow (Tuesday 31 March) from 9am and 1pm and hope to gather as much information from the public as possible.

The victim was a woman in her 30s.

We have had a great response following our initial appeal, with many people coming forward with information to assist our investigation.

We are continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry and I would like to urge those who have not yet come forward to please do so.

– DI Allan Harder
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